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Aberdeen 1 - 1 Motherwell

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 1 Motherwell

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Yorston.

23/02/1929 | KO: 15:00

ABERDEEN DRAWS WITH MOTHERWELL. Another Goal for for Yorston.

Aberdeen were first to make progress, but they were forced on the defensive, and Stevenson scored for Motherwell. The visitors continued to press, but a rally by Aberdeen brought them the equalising goal, Yorston heading past McClory. Motherwell, however, played strongly, and their defence was easily equal to all requirements. The second half was keenly contested, but there was no further scoring.

Source: The Scotsman, 25th February 1929

A finely contested game between Aberdeen and Motherwell at Pittodrie, resulted in a draw of one goal each. They were two evenly matched teams clever in attack, and strong and resourceful in defence. There were periods when one team was superior to the other, but taken all over there was little or nothing between them, and the result did justice and credit to both. The respective goalkeepers were repeatedly in action, the Motherwell custodian having slightly more to do than Yuill, but it was distinctly to their credit that each was only beaten once.

An Early Shock

Aberdeen were early in arrears. Motherwell counting in the first five minutes -when, following a combine run, Stevenson netted with a ground shot. Subsequently Aberdeen applied strong pressure, but nearly half an hour had gone ere they drew level. McLeod, who had been forcing the play on the left, sent over a high centre and Yorston ran in to head the equaliser. With the scores levelled, play developed with all the strenuousness of a cup tie and the goalkeepers were repeatedly called upon, mostly to deal with centres and crosses from the wingers.
The pace never slackened, and with defences kept on the stretch there was no lack of excitement. Stevenson and Ferrier, on the Motherwell left, were a constant source of trouble to the home defence, and McMenemy initiated many clever movements which were negatived by a strong defence.
Such as Yorston, Smith and McDermid were no less active in the Aberdeen attack, and against less resolute opposition must have won the game for their side. All three had many creditable tries and several times the Motherwell goal ran narrow escapes.

Form Reviewed

Yuill in the home goal was in his best form. He fielded the ball cleanly and proved adept, at dodging on-rushing opponents. Out of position to accommodate Cooper, Jackson, after a shaky start settled down to play very confidently at left back, and he covered up finely. Against one of the most formidable left wings in the country, Cooper made a highly creditable appearance at right back, showing plenty of coolness and resource. At half back, Black was easily the best, especially in the second period when he came away in great style. McHale was not so prominent as usual, but defended strongly, and McLeod, if good at times, was none too consistent.
Aberdeen exploited a clever attack, in which the live-wires were Yorston, McDermid, and Smith. The first-named was exceptionally nippy, and was a constant danger to the opposition. McDermid did the scheming, and Smith's flashes along the wing and his crosses were a feature. Neither Cheyne nor Wilson was as successful as the other forwards.

Motherwell's Best

In a smart all-round Motherwell side, McClory played a big part in his team's creditable draw; indeed it might almost be said he saved a point. Hunter was the better of a strong back combination, and in a clever half-back line, Craig and McFadyen were outstanding. Stevenson was easily the pick of the Motherwell forwards, and, while Ferrier was often prominent, he did not finish well. Watson at centre-forward was well watched, and never accomplished much, but McMenemy and Murdoch comprised a smart right wing. There were about 12,000 spectators.

Source: Press & Journal, 25th February 1929

Motherwell Teamsheet
McClory; Johnman, Hunter; McFadyen, Craig, McNeil; Murdoch, McMenemy, Watson, Stevenson, Ferrier
Attendance: 12,500
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. F. Rowe, Glasgow
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